Swaziland Digital Archives: Decades: 1920's

About the 1920's

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1920's
Balegane Dip
Photographer: Leo Franklin
Source: Bob Forrester

Photo No. 143


1920's or 30's. Spectators at dipping day at Balegane

1920's
British Residency
Photographer: Mary Kiernan
Source: National Archives

Photo No. 74


British Residency. Mr and Mrs D. Honey, British High Commissioner and his wife in the Residency, sitting beneath the symbols of their authority.

1920's
Cecile and Joyce Franklin
Photographer: Leo Franklin
Source: Bob Forrester

Photo No. 105


Raised in Piggs Peak, they went to school at St. Marks in Mbabane by horseback. The building in the background is the Highlands Inn.

1920's
Franklin house
Photographer: Leo Franklin
Source: Bob Forrester

Photo No. 111


Built of sun cured mud between 1918 and 1920. Currently the Highlands Inn Hotel.

1920's
Hairdressing
Photographer: Unknown
Source: National Archives

Photo No. 73


Taken in the Royal Kraal in the 1920's. Social grooming was and is important.

1920's
Leopard Kill
Photographer: Mary Kiernan
Source: National Archives

Photo No. 36


Leopard kill. Believed to be Major Miller (Allister Miller's son) in the centre. 1920's/30's period. Swaziland was rich in wildlife at the time which was almost totally eradicated to make way for cattle grazing. Wildlife was believed to harbour disease that would kill cattle. Killing animals came to have a progressive sporty feel to it. It was part of opening up Swaziland for development.

1920's
Mbabane, 1920's
Photographer: Unknown
Source: Dawson family

Photo No. 481


this view of Mbabane clearly shows the effect of tin mining. The mountains were washed with water, the soil ran off exposing the heavier tin nuggets. The silt then settled in valleys, here shown as white vegetation free areas. The Mall and the Plaza are built on silt from tin mining. Hydraulic mining was banned in the 1950's when the rivers were more than 10% silt, causing cattle deaths.

1920's
Mbabane, Prince of Wales Oval
Photographer: Mr Murphy
Source: National Archives

Photo No. 53


Mbabane. A view from (presumably) the current water reservoir across town towards Waterford-Kamhlaba. Note the gums along Allister Miller St extention.

1920's
Night Staff
Photographer: Rita Tetley
Source: Dawson family

Photo No. 436


Poppy Holtman (nee Meadows) is standing in the centre. She trained as a Nurse in Barberton, this is the Night Staff.

1920's
Pine Valley
Photographer: Unknown
Source: Dawson family

Photo No. 478


A view of Pine Valley, taken from the "Boys Umbuluse". The second pool is now part of the van der Meer's garden.

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